Saturday, February 5, 2011

sick days

I am not sure why my immune system is in the garbage, but I have been sick 3 times in 6 weeks and Thursday and Friday marked the sickest I had been in at least 3 or 4 years. This cold/sinus infection/flu/cat virus is really killing my attempt to go to social outings and my attempt to work on art for my show in June.

I also have a show in March now as well. Just a small, laid back thing with some local people I have never shown with before. Should be interesting and hopefully a good time. I mean, it has to be, right? The art show is in a pirate bar and we have a special from 7-9pm 2-for-1 beer special. woot woot!

I went to the flea market today. It was a complete bust. There weren't a lot of antique dealers or people selling "junk". I think I thrift too much to want to buy the stuff that people sell for outrageous prices when I just saw the same item for $1 at a thrift store. I was hoping to find some vintage valentines (which are easy to find, I just didn't want to drive out to any antique stores). Not a single person had valentines with it being so close to valentines day. WTF? What a complete bummer!

I bought 4 old photographs and got a huge crush on this sailor.

Then I bought a brooch that was a really suggestive looking peach, which, I actually have had a little obsession with for some time. At almost any Chinese restaurant you can find imagery of very large blossoms or peaches with very vibrant pink coloring.

"The longevity peach (shou tao) is not a fruit but a Chinese steamed bun in the shape of a peach, with lotus paste filling and coloured a bright festive pink. Traditionally, the shou tao is eaten at birthday celebrations of elderly folks where the buns are piled at least knee high on a tray.

Peaches are well known Chinese symbols of longevity and there is a Taoist story about the Queen Mother of the West who has a magical peach tree which bears peaches granting immortality to those who eat them. The tree however only bears fruit every three thousand years. The peach shaped steamed buns are made to symbolize those magical, immortality granting peaches. "

The brooch looks a lot like this, just pink.

these just look very vulval to me...

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